Favorite Quotes on Love and Friendship - as gathered from my reading over the years- funny,  naughty or profound
 

Farewell, thou art too dear for my possessing.  (Shakespeare)

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Perfume and petal
Are qualities
That test love's mettle
With too much ease.
Bramble and briar
Will soon discover
Who is the liar
And who the lover.                              (Leonard Feeney)

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Respect is what we owe.  Love is what we give. (anon)

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For love, a man will give up all that he has in the world
and think nothing of his loss.             (Song of Songs)

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Tu as vu ton frère, tu as vu ton Dieu.
If you have seen your brother, you have seen God.     (Logia Christi as cited by Clement of Alexandria)

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Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?.....
But if while I think on thee, dear friend, all losses are restored, and sorrows end.......
To me, fair friend, you can never be old......
The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
grapple to thy soul with hoops of steel.......           (Shakespeare)

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"Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary  (Bronson)

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Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends   (Mark Twain)

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Friends are those relations that one makes for oneself.  (anon.)

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Charles Beaudelaire in "Mon Coeur à nu" (My Heart Laid Bare) on the selfishness of men`s loves:

Ils passeront sur toi comme un lourd attelage
De chevaux de boeuf aux sabots sans pitié.
They will tramp across you like a heavy team of horses and oxen with pitiless hoofs.
 

You cannot keep my longings from haunting your arms, your lovely hands, your eyes, where all your life is gathered,
your whole adorable body- no you cannot stop that.  But fear not, you are something I worship and could never defile....

Your soul is beautiful but, after all feminine......
Farewell, dearly beloved. I somewhat resent your being so very charming,
for when I carry away the scent of your arms ands your hair,
I also carry away the longing to return, and that is an unbearable obsession...

And from your cool feet to to your black tresses
I would have unrolled the treasure of deep caresses.......
From her thick and supple head of hair,
That breathing sachet, that censor of love,
A scent ascended, musky and wild...........
O fleece, tumbling to bare shoulders,
O locks, O perfume lingering drowsily,
Ecstasy, to fill tonight thus darkened alone,
With memories sleeping in this hair
Like a handkerchief, I'd wave it in the air......

Hardened heart ..... smoked like a ham.........

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Thanks to my friend for the care in my  breeding
Who taught me betimes to love working and reading      (Isaac Watts)

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She had a body that would make a bishop kick out a stained-glass window   (can't remember)

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The trouble with you and me is that we want everyone in the world to personally love us.
And of course that's impossible;
you just do not meet everyone in the world.       (Leonard Bernstein to Ned Rorem)

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King Solomon and Kind David
led merry, merry lives,
Had many, many friends,
And many, many wives.
But when old age crept upon them
with many, many qualms,
Kind Solomon wrote the Proverbs
And King David wrote the Psalms.          (James Earl Taylor)

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He drew a circle that shut me out
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout,
But love and I had wit to win.
We drew a circle that drew him in.         (as quoted by Joseph Christi, S.J.)

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That you allowed me to say I love you, I love you
Is better than all the many gifts you bestowed upon me.  (Albert Verway - Flemish poet)

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Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret   (Aphra Behn)

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I'm looking for a rich old widow with a bad cough.  (from a retired clergyman)

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Love is like a pipe we fill at eighteen and smoke until forty;
then we rake the ashes 'til our exit.         (attributed to Lola Montez)

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Create memories  (Franz Liszt)

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from the writings of Erasmus of Rotterdam (born 1466?):

For a couple to stay together when they detest one another may end in poison.

God created Eve, not out of mud, as in the case of Adam
but from his rib so that none should be closer and dearer than a wife.

The excitation of Venus, which is necessary for marriage, is from nature
and whatever is of nature is pure and holy.

I would like to see permission given to priests and  monks to marry,
especially when there is such a horde of priests among whom chastity is rare.

We live in an age when moral integrity is nowhere better exemplified than in marriage.

Let them prate as they will of the  status of monks and virgins.
Those who under the pretext of celibacy live in license might better be castrated.

How much better to make concubines into wives
and openly acknowledge the partners now held in infamy.

I think the bishops would long since have given priests permission to marry if  they did not derive
more income from the taxes on concubines than they could reap from wives.

What is more sweet than to live with her with whom you are united in body and soul,
who talks with you in secret affection. What in nature is lovelier?
Nothing is more safe, felicitous, tranquil, pleasant and lovable than marriage.

Husband to his wife:  If our attachment is built on nothing more than age and comeliness,
the desire of the flesh or wealth,  there is no sound basis for concord.
But if we are bound by devotion to God, neither poverty, nor sickness, nor age,
nor any other fortune shall be able to separate us from joyous companionship.

(source for the above: Roland Bainton,  Erasmus of  Christendom. Scribners, 1969)

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To wish someone health is a very proper thought,
but to wish him peace is call down on him the sum of all human happiness.
                                                                                                (Erasmus, The Complaint of Peace)

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Though a man has an outstandingly ugly wife,
if her husband thinks she's in a class with Venus,
isn't that just as good as if she were really beautiful?   (Erasmus. The Praise of Folly, 1509)

One old codger will dye his last gray hairs,
while another will stick a wig on his pate, and still another will fill his gums with false teeth,
trying so hard to "seem young"...
For an old dodard like this, with one foot in the grave,
to marry some young tender bud of a girl, without a dowry of course,
and destined quickly to become someone else's peaches and cream-
that's so common nowadays that it's almost considered the height of good form.

But it's even more macabre to think of the old women in the last stages of senility
and so cadaverous that you'd think they'd been pulled out of the grave;....
while they're constantly in heat.....hiring a young gigolo for scads of money,
smearing their faces with makeup,
hovering over the mirror.....
Everyone laughs at these idiocies, and considers them ridiculous,
but the old crones are delighted with themselves,
they float in an ocean of pleasure and swim up to the chin in honey.  (Erasmus, op. cit.)

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The madness of lovers is the height of felicity.                  (Plato)

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Be joyful when you look upon your brother with love.   (Logia Christi - Apocypha )

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Fool he ends that fool befriends                         (Book of Proverbs)

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L'Enfer c'est les autres.
Hell is other people.                                               (Jean-Paul Sartre)

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Singleness and sincerity of passion sharpen a fine woman's intelligence
instead of dulling it. Women feel things in wholes;
when they love it is with a single rush that so fuses body, mind and heart,
that they can neither admit nor conceive of acting otherwise.
But a man, on the other hand, is split up almost in proportion to his greatness,
and only a heroic effort can reduce him to singleness.
A kind of mechanical functioning of the inner life
is probably the sharpest punishment
that debauchery can inflict on a higher man.      (Baudelaire)

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There are knots hard to untie......

...........a dreadful confidence
whispered in he heart's confessional.            (Beaudelaire)

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A dimple on the chin: a devil within.

If you marry at all,  marry last year.

He'd step over ten naked women to get at a pint.        (Irish proverbs)

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Women begin by resisting a man's advances
and end by blocking his retreat.        (anon.)

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Communal nakedness, after the first embarrassed hour, is quite anti-sensual.
For stimulation you find yourself saying: "Get dressed, chérie;
let's make love."                                                                (Barrault)

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She wore her halo rakishy
Just a little bit awry.
So sinners sought her as a friend
While good folk passed her by.
But God smiled broadly when she came,
And joy was in the sky.

Another with a conscious air
Kept her halo straight.
They never caught her unaware
Without it soon or late.
Yet Peter, when she came, was slow
To open up the gate.                                                (Idella Punnell)

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She was a sunbeam - merry and bright,
Casting her radiance - from left and to right.
Doing her bit with zeal unabated,
She was a sunbeam - But, boy,  was she hated!  (anon.)

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When a woman behaves like a  man,
why doesn't she behave like a nice man?               (Dame Edith Evans)

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Passion dies, but the pangs of conscience remain.        (Franz Liszt)

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I know what I am holding when I take this hand-  the only hand......
Nothing, not a single note,would I ever have produced
if I had not found you.
Now I have a life to live.                       (Richard Wagner to Cosima Liszt)

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Cosima Liszt on her love for Richard Wagner:

Love works on us like Plutonian eruption;
it bursts through everything,
throws all strata into confusion,
raises mountains, and there it is -
utmost transformation and utmost law....

Just as I long ago renounced the sensual expression of love,
so I now resolved to sacrifice any kind of little joy,
even indeed of comfort,
in order to pay to the very last penny
for this one single nameless happiness:
to behold and to share in Richard's progress.

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O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst

Oh love as long as you can!
Oh love as long as you may!
the time will come, the time will come,
when you stand by graves and mourn.

Be sure that your heart glows, harbours and cherishes love
so long as another heart
warmly beats with answering love ....        (Ferdinand Freiligrath)

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Benedetto sia 'l giorno

Blessed be the day, the month, the year,
the season, the hour, the moment,
the beautiful country, the place where I
encountered two lovely eyes that bound me fast.

Blessed be the first sweet pain
that I suffered through love,
the bow and the arrows by which I was struck
and the wound that pierced my heart.

Blessed be the voice
with which I called out Laura's name,
the sighs, the tears, the longing.

Blessed be all writings in which I have told
of her repute, and my thoughts which come
from her alone, and are alone of her.                (Petrarch)

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Ich Liebe dich

I love you because I must love you;
I love you because how could I not;
I love you because heaven has so dictated;
I love you because of a magic spell.

You I love like the rose her stem,
you I love like the sun her rays,
you I love because you're the air I breathe,
you I love because loving you is to be me.   (Friedrich  Rückert)

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Oh, quand je dors

O come in dreams
as Laura once appeared to Petrarch,
let your breath only touch me in passing
and my lips will instantly part.

When a gloomy dream has made me sad too long,
you look upon me like a star-
and immediately my dream comes alive.

Then a flame takes  command of my lips,
expressing a love that God has made pure,
kiss me, you angel made woman,
And my soul will awaken.                           (Victor Hugo)

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Gestorben war ich

I had died
of love's ecstacy;
I was buried
in her arms;
I was awakened
by her kisses;
I saw heaven
in her eyes.                                                (Ludwig Uhland)

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We have not come into the world to be a number;
we have been created for a purpose,
for great things:
To love and be loved.
                                                                    ( Mother Teresa)

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Love is never satisfied:
S'il n'y pas trop il n'y a pas assez
If there is not too much, there is not enough. (quoted by Wm .Richardson, SJ)

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A sceptic knows a lot more than he loves.                (anon.)

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There is a whole liturgy in human love:
the body is the sould's means of communication.
Communion among humans is manifested, accomplished and intensified
through the body, by signs and symbols:
the smile,  the word, by music and art,
the carress, the kiss, the embrace, the sexual gift in marriage.      (Jean Vieujean)

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You risk crying when you have let yourself love.      (Antoine St. Exupéry)

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The truth is I am too much in love to be either reasonable or witty: I feel in the extreme;
and when I attempt to speak of my feelings I rave.    (Alexander Hamilton)

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You are part of my being;  you mix in with all my thoughts,
even the most studious, and instead of disturbing,
give them grerater harmony and spirit.                (James Thomson)

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Of all the events of my life,   inclusive of its afflictions,
nothing has humbled me so much as your love.    (Elizabeth Barreet Browning to Robert)

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What bitterness when the oppressed heart
is not able to unberden itself in the heart of another.        (Chopin)

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You have fanned to life again the coal that
under ashes and debris still glowed in me;
it shall envelop you in life-giving flames.            (Bismark to Johanna)

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You have become part of me; without you in all my limbs
it is as if a part of me is missing....
O my Life,  do not betray me ever, cling to me faithfully, remain my Minna;
and if you ever felt love, so give it all to me
and never let me share it with anyone else.          (Richard Wagner to his first wife)

(Note: empty words from Wagner who was the to betray Minna
for Cosima Liszt-Von Bülow cf. elsewhere on my site)

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L'amour est éternel tant qu'il dure
Love is eternal while it lasts   (Henri de Régnier)
 
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French - si un maître ne peut pas se passer de son esclave, lequel des deux est un homme libre? (Camus)
English - if a master can't do without his slave, which of the two is a free man?

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   If you should die  before me, ask if you could bring a friend. ( Stone Temple Pilots )

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If you live to be a hundred,   I want to live to be   a hundred minus one day,  so I never have to live  without you.

(Winnie the Pooh )

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True friendship is  like sound health;   the value of it is  seldom known  until it is lost.

(Charles Caleb Colton)

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 A real friend is one who walks in  when the rest  of the world walks out. 

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Don't walk in front of me,    I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me,  I may not lead.
Walk beside me and  be my friend.

 (Albert Camus)

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Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.
Friends are the Bacon Bits in the Salad  Bowl of Life.

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 Friendship is one mind n two bodies.

(Mencius)

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  Friends are God's way of taking care of us.
 
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I'll lean on you and you lean on me and  we'll be okay
 
( Dave Matthews )

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If all my friends were  to jump off a bridge,   I wouldn't jump with them,
I'd be at the bottom to  catch them.

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Everyone hears what you say.
Friends listen to what you say.
Best friends listen to what you don't say.

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We all take different paths in life,
but no matter where we go,
we take a little of each other everywhere.

(Tim McGraw)

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Hold a true friend with both your hands.

(Nigerian Proverb)

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A friend is someone who knows  the song in your heart
and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

(anon)